Motorcycle enthusiasts often talk about the freedom of the open road, but because motorcycles are inherently different than cars, motorcycle accidents and subsequent legal issues differ from car accidents.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you will need to have a solid understanding of the unique aspects of motorcycle accidents vs. car accidents, in addition to helmet laws, defective product claims, and determining fault and negligence.
Motorcycle Accident FAQs
What do I do if I am involved in a motorcycle accident?
Motorcycle accident claims can be complicated and costly. Contact us immediately after you have been involved in a motorcycle accident for important legal assistance.
Next, write down as many details as you can remember about the accident so you have a record. Take photographs of the accident scene from as many angles as you can, making sure to use good light and clear photography. A medical provider should document any injuries you might have sustained.
If possible, contact any witnesses who saw the accident and can provide additional details and points of view about exactly what happened.
What are the risks of riding a motorcycle?
Motorcycle risks are evident from the very start: motorcycles are smaller and lighter than cars, and the motorcycle operator doesn’t have an enclosed protective space like a person driving a car. Motorcycles also are less visible to cars because of their smaller size and are more susceptible to road hazards like uneven surfaces.
How Do Courts Determine Liability in a Motorcycle Accident?
Although every case is unique, liability in a motorcycle accident is typically determined by negligence. If a person acted carelessly on the road resulting in the injury of another person, he or she acted negligently and therefore is held liable.
Often times in motorcycle accidents involving a motorcycle and a car, it is the driver of the car who is negligent (refer to the risks of riding a motorcycle above). However, motorcycle riders can also be held liable for negligence like driving dangerously at high speeds or swerving in an out of traffic, causing a car to crash.
Remember, it is not up to you to determine liability – it is the role of a lawyer and judge. Morris Bart attorneys excel in handling motorcycle accident cases – call us today and read through our FAQs to help guide you towards experienced legal help.